The first five minutes…
What does that mean? The first five minutes of me meeting you while working will determine whether or not you get a ticket. Oh now, you get it, she’s a copper. Everybody hates cops until they need them. I know your shaking your head, but it’s true. We get a bad rap because some idiots don’t know how to act. Regardless, this article is about the first five minutes.
Now I must put a disclaimer in here because I am not a civilian police officer, I am a military police officer and they are very different and abide by different rules. In the military we have UCMJ, uniform code of military justice as well as state codes to use. The civilian sectors have federal and state regulations to follow. There are soo many different rules that I promise your head would spin if you tried to learn them all. Regardless, this article is going to talk to you about the first five minutes of me meeting you.
You have been caught red handed…
When you have committed some kind of offense, i.e., running a red light, a stop sign or speeding, it truly does not matter. What matters is the attitude I get when I walk up to your door. I am a very courteous person, and nice to boot. However, if you start off the conversation with a bunch of expletives and crazy angry attitude, your day will not be good for the next hour or two. I truly hate when people act crazy when I pull them over, because the military does not have any such thing as a quota to meet. We don’t want to do anymore paperwork than what we have to, but because we do have to do our jobs, we have to ensure that you are abiding by the law. I don’t pull you over just because I feel like it. Again, I shall say the first five minutes. This is what determines whether or not I am going to waste your time.
I’m tired too…
Yes I said that, because do you think I want to be screamed at or called all sorts of names, just because I am doing my job? Heck no, I would rather just drive around and mind my own business.
A few things to take away from this is that when you are pulled over, just be courteous. They are going to ask you if you know why you were pulled over. Just be honest, because we know you know and are trying to be funny or coy. People like to play the card of I don’t know, when they almost took out another car when they ran the red light. Now you are late because you got caught, well hello, do the right thing. The lights are generally 1-2 minutes long, just wait and save everyone a headache.
Second, have your registration, insurance and ID ready because this can certainly help speed the process up. Also, when you are rummaging around in your car, it can appear that you are possibly looking for a weapon. We are already out in the open and can get hit by other cars, so please have it close by. This is another part where wIe factor in the first five minutes. I don’t want to believe that you are trying to harm me, so please have it together and close by.
Own up to your part…
I have also learned and observed that an apology does go a long way. I have been pulled over myself, and I am always courteous, as long as they are courteous to me. I have certainly said that I wasn’t paying attention, in a hurry or something along those lines and while this may not get me off, I know that I am accepting my part in the act.
For those who act like a clown when I pull them over, you best believe that when I go back to my car to run your driver’s license and plate, I will take my time. Remember how I said there were a million codes in the UCMJ or states regulations. If you give me a hard time, I will work hard to find something to charge you with. IF you are courteous, I probably would give a warning. It is all in the way you talk to people. For those that are married, you know what I am saying.
I hate paperwork…
I don’t want to do paperwork that could potentially put me in the witness chair at court, but if you want to play hardball, then let’s volley. Please if you take anything from this, take that the first five minutes can and does determine your experience with police. This is not to say that this works for everyone, but it does for me.
Thanks for reading and I hope you learned something. Feel free to leave me a comment about your experience.